eBooks on Asian Art, Culture, History & Travel
SILK, SPICES & INCENSE
Explore the fabled trade routes of Antiquity
Sweet to ride forth at evening from the wells
When shadows pass gigantic on the sand
And softly through the silence beat the bells
Along the golden road to Samarkand...
James Elroy Flecker, 1913
ART, CULTURE & SOCIETY
An eclectic collection of studies on Art, Literature and Social Issues relating to Asia and the Middle East
’Art, Culture and Society’ is admittedly something of a catch-all title for a series that can cover a diverse range of topics. In fact most titles relate directly to the Arts of Asia including, for example, the colourful and vibrant woodblock prints that represent the ’floating world’ of old Japan, or the extraordinary Islamic Chinoiserie of the ’Siyah Kalam’ paintings held at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
But we have also included a literary look at the world of Graham Greene in mid-20th century Vietnam, the Orientalist paintings of the 19th century Scot David Roberts and the erotic images of Thailand’s unique transvestite cabaret shot - in the best of possible taste - by the American photographer David Wilner.
ILLUSTRATED EASTERN CLASSICS
Annotated and beautifully illustrated new editions of timeless texts from the Orient
Much of the most celebrated and profound philosophy of China, Japan, Tibet and India has been accessible in English and other European languages for more than a century. Yet what makes the new Cognoscenti ebook editions unique is the addition of many rare and beautiful high quality images to accompany the text. Each title also includes a new introduction to explain the history and highlight the contemporary relevance of each historic treatise.
SEDUCTIVE CITIES OF ASIA’S PAST
Opium Dens, Warlords, Gangsters and Sing Song Girls
Was Old Saigon really the ’Paris of the East’? Or Old Shanghai the ’Whore of Asia’? What was the ’Floating World’ of Old Tokyo really like? And was Old Bangkok really a ’City of Angels’?
A series of richly illustrated guides to the virtues and vices of some of Asia’s greatest cities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
ANCIENT CHIANG MAI
Peoples, Cultures and Places of Northern Thailand
The beautiful old walled city of Chiang Mai, set amid the forested mountains and fertile valleys of northern Thailand, is the historic capital of the former Lanna Kingdom.
Founded in 1296 by King Mangrai the Great, it did not become fully part of Thailand until 1939, and even today the region retains a distinctly different character, with its own language, culture, cuisine and even temperament.
EARLY PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE ORIENT
Pioneering pictures of Asia and the Middle East
Collected images by the some of the finest and most innovative photographers of the East, including T.S. Enami in Japan, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky in Central Asia, John Thompson in China and the team Lehnert & Landrock in North Africa.
TRAVEL & DISCOVERY
An in depth look at some of Asia’s most fascinating - and sometimes least-known - destinations
This series includes a journey through Vietnam’s past and present, linking historical events with contemporary places and examining the 2,000 year old love-hate relationship between Vietnam and China; a cultural guide to the Khmer ruins at Angkor, in the 13th century possibly the largest city in the world and now an archaeological wonderland; an exploration of the little-known cultural history of the Maldives - a country that is much more than just a tourist destination; and a series of essays on the Lao people of Laos and Northeast Thailand compiled over 20 years of visits.
WAR & CONFLICT
Illustrated studies of Wars in Asia designed to illuminate and explain the Why and the Wherefore of Conflict
There is only one title in this series at present, examining the three Indochina Wars of the 20th century, fought by Vietnam against France and Japan, the United States, and finally China and Khmer Rouge Cambodia. The study links the three wars in a single, highly readable and informative narrative.
New titles planned include a study of Khmer Rouge Cambodia, the Korean War, and the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II.